Stainless steel, optimal metal for future-ready railway infrastructure: Abhyuday Jindal, MD, Jindal Stainless


A household metal used from the kitchen to the doors – stainless steel, often confused with steel, is increasingly used for sustainable infrastructure across the country. Manufactured globally from scrap metal, stainless steel is rustproof and durable. One reason why stainless steel has become a material of choice for many rail infrastructure projects, and is used beyond rail cars to span bridges, cable trays, and more.

Jindal Stainless has been supplying stainless steel to the coach segment of Indian Railways for a long time. And is now collaborating in the construction of pedestrian bridges (FOB) and railway bridges. Abhyuday Jindal, MD, Jindal Stainless told Business Today, “We are committed to supporting the revamp of India’s coastal rail infrastructure. With high corrosion resistance, low life cycle costs and negligible maintenance requirements, stainless steel is the optimal metal to build future-ready railway infrastructure for India’s sustainable future. Over the past few years, we have been dedicated partners of Indian Railways in segments such as wagons and coaches, and we are determined to augment our offerings with customized solutions to address relevant issues in the history of the growth of the country.

In 2019, Indian Railways solicited proposals for renewal of FOBs across all railway divisions, especially in coastal areas where FOBs were exposed to highly corrosive environments and increasing levels of pollution resulting in requirements for important maintenance. To overcome this challenge, Jindal Stainless developed and supplied a special grade of stainless steel for three railway footbridges (FOB) in Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. “This is the first time that stainless steel has been used to develop sustainable FOBs in India. Our in-house R&D wing has developed the most cost effective, high quality stainless steel for durable structural applications – Jindal Durasafe, designed specifically for coastal areas. This grade was designed for zero maintenance, 100-year design life, and reduced life cycle cost and carbon footprint,” says Jindal. The company collaborated with RDSO (Research Designs & Standards Organization) and IIT Roorkee for testing, approval and approval of the stainless steel grade, which ultimately led to its formalization for rail infrastructure applications coastal.

Jindal Stainless also plans to supply stainless steel to the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramula Rail Link (USBRL) tunnel project. This will be the first ever application of stainless steel cable trays in an Indian railway project. “USBRL is a project of national importance and is the largest mountain railway construction project since independence,” adds Jindal.

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